By Nadine, Already Pretty Contributor
Recently I’ve come across several articles touting the benefits of sleeping in the buff. According to various sources there are approximately 6-10 good reasons for slumber au naturel. My first reaction upon reading them was ‘Are you kidding me? It’s the middle of winter!’ But then I reminded myself “We’re not in Kansas…erm, Canada anymore, Dorothy.” In my former city, a protective layer of flannel was necessary for survival on cold winter nights, at least for me. Not so in California, especially since – according to the locals – the weather in the Bay Area is unseasonably warm this winter. In fact, I’ve actually been waking up most nights sweating and uncomfortable. Gross and definitely not conducive to a good night’s sleep. So I decided to take it all off and put the naked sleep theory to the test.
Here’s my experience as compared to what the Internet told me. The most common benefits of sleeping nude included the following:
1. Better Sleep
Debatable. On the upside, I’m no longer waking up in a shallow pool of my own perspiration. But I’m also having that dream where I’m naked in the hallway of my high school more often.
Apparently cool, slumbering bodies release melatonin and other anti-aging/growth hormones. I’m not sure how young I look, but I have developed a persistent urge to eat pie for dinner suggesting a marked decrease in my maturity levels.
3. Healthy Private Parts
Airing out our genitals helps keep them cool, dry and yeast-free. My vagina definitely has renewed vitality since I stopped confining her at night. She’s thinking about doing a juice cleanse and maybe taking up yoga.
4. Decreased appetite.
Nope. I’m okay with this. (See above item re: pie.)
5. Increased metabolism
Unfettered by clothes, airflow to our skin’s sebaceous glands will help optimize the body’s metabolism. Some of the articles I read claim this can lead to weight loss. So that’s good assuming weight loss is something you want for yourself. Personally I haven’t noticed any weight changes. Maybe naked sleep is balancing out some of my other new lifestyle choices. (See above item re: pie.)
Are you a fan of bare naked bed time? What benefits or disadvantages have you noticed? If you’ve never tried it, WikiHow has published this helpful guide on How To Sleep Naked. (Apparently it’s more involved than 1. Sleep 2. Naked. Who knew?)
Sweet dreams, everyone!
Already Pretty contributor Nadine Thornhill is a sex educator and blogger at Adorkable Undies. She is a new resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, having recently moved from Ottawa, Ontario to pursue a Doctor of Education in Human Sexuality. Her writing tends toward subjects such as clitorises, feminism, vibrators, body image, gender politics and non-monogamy. She is a passionately committed Scrabble player and lifelong klutz, having sustained 16 concussions to date.